ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2008
2004 vintage. Aroma is massive, cellared apples, cinnamon a little honey, some hints of oak. This is one I could have just sniffed for a long long time. But then the flavor! Wow, the first taste is almost overwhelmingly apple, but then all the other more subtle flavors come to play and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s sweet, but has a good tart kick, the oak adds a depth you don’t quite get in the Neige alone. This stuff was sublime. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
2003 vintage per Kevin! Thanks a million! The cider pours to a nice clean dark golden body with nice legs. The flavor is absolutey phenominal. Much sweeter than the regular neige. F’n a Cotton. F’n A! Wowzers. Sweet baked cinnamon apple with light vanilla. Wow! The aroma is nicely sweet cinnamon apples, some sort of other fruit is there too, light vanilla. Nice. This is like someone drove a railroad spike in with a little detail tack hammer. They really made this one near perfection. The palate is absolutely phenominal. Sweet, coating, rich and full. LilBeerDoctor (4128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Botlle (huge thanks to my Secret Santa), 2006 I think. Pours orange with no head. Aroma of sweet apple, pear, grape, oak, vanilla, and booze. Flavor is sweet and appley with some oak and sweet fruits (more apple, lime, grape). Sweet, a little syrupy, and very warming. Wow, this is an awesome cider, just sublime!
9/5/10/5/19 (4.8/5) daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2009
From glouglouburp. Man this ice cider stuff is amazing. Pours a wonderful deep gold. Aroma, amazing. Sweet apples, apple pie, apple candy, honey, and light apple pie spices. Flavor is sweet, thick, rich and luxurious as hell. Apple heaven. Sweet apples, vanilla and honey undertones, light oak flavors....man oh man this stuff is fun to drink! pushkinwow (2887) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
Sampled from a 10 year old bottle at Ian’s, labelled as Neige Eternelle. On a night of incredible beers, this was probably the best things I tasted (I also learnt that bottles can be kept for many years opened without risk of oxidization etc). I honestly can’t begin to describe how amazing this smelt and tasted - I would have been happy with my nose in the snifter the entire night except for the fact it would have made it harder to drink. The balance of the tart and sweet late harvest apples were just mind blowing and it kept on delivering on every sip and every aspect. And yet Phil and Ian say there are a few that are better (although the 10 years probably helped a lot)...I may need to go out and spend some money on ice ciders. Sorry bank account.
77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
2008 Vintage. Obtained in a trade with tom10101. Thanks! Drank about 1/3 of a 375 ml. bottle @ Barely legal tasting room. Drank next to the “Premiere”. Pours golden. Smells very fruit, flowery with nectar and honey. Tastes of apple juice, smooth, nectar, honey, flowers and faint vanilla sugar, touch esoteric oil in the back. Thick syrupy apple juice feel to it. Awesome stuff. rood (92) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2015
Puh, can it go better than this? Lovely yellow flavour, cinnamon, sweet pink candy. At the backend, a modest acidity. This is well made, great product. The mouthfeel at his best. Ice cider to be king! muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Tiny but potent sample from the bottle (375 ml, 2003 vintage) at the Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, 2006. The viscous liquid is deep, bright gold, oily and almost translucent, with thick lasting legs that flow slowly down like tree sap....the nose is extremely powerful, erupting from the tiny sample in the midst of the Mondial chaos and making its presence known to the whole table, juicy-tart apple skins at first shading into a sweeter, cooked applesauce with cinnamon and a hint of raisin and vanilla....on the tongue though is where the true Rapture begins, the body is so decadently rich and creamy that I’m simply at a loss to find adjectives or comparisons: this may be the finest mouthfeel from any liquid I’ve yet imbibed, cider-beer-otherwise.....the flavor is redolent of sweet apples, fresh and caramelized, vanilla, cinnamon and soft oak, with fine touches of licorice and sherry.....overall this is a darker, sweeter, heavier rendition than the other ice ciders from this producer and for me it all melds together into an unusurpassable richness; I know I’m in the minority preferring this to Frimas, but there it is. Right now the best cider in the world, one that I wouldn’t mind choking on at my deathbed (apologies Josh). Quevillon (3155) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Bu sur place. Couleur plus foncée est plus beau que Neige. Bon mélange d’arome de chène et de pommes. Goût plus sucré que l’aure , mais aussi bien. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle that nbutler11 dragged home from Canadia. My thanks, Lt. Aroma is a full, apple soaked woodiness - very ethereal and evocative; would have been bullseye with more sophisticated alcohol. Flavor is deep as you please: a warm lightly spiced apple, wood, barely perceptible skin; all of it plunges into a warming, glowing port finish - dark grape, vanilla, visceral warmth. The close is quite abrupt and actually leaves your tongue a bit dry in addition to being non-sweet. Quite a treat.